Good Morning! Warm croissants and cold apple cider, anyone?
Whatever else you offer at your next brunch, make sure you serve these as well. I've made the croissants as part of two menus this past month, and they've been the #1 requested recipe of each event. Lucky for you and me, they're really not difficult at all, especially once you've made them for the first time. Even better, you can prepare them the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is brush them with egg, sprinkle with sugar, and pop them in the oven for 15 minutes!
Here's the recipe by Chef Anne Thorton, adapted slightly and with photos.................................
1 17.3 ounce package or 2 sheets frozen puff pastry thawed
Flour, for dusting, if needed
2 Milka Milk Chocolate Confection chocolate bars, (or other good European chocolate,) broken into mini bars according to the indented lines (You'll use about 1.5 bars, so you can eat the rest while they're baking.)
1 large egg, beaten
Sugar, for sprinkling
1/2 (7-ounce) package almond paste, shaped into 32 logs each composed for about 1/4 tsp paste (or just
reference the photos to see about the ratio of paste to chocolate you're going for)
Special equipment: pizza cutter or kitchen shears, ruler
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line the 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place 1 sheet thawed puff pastry on the work surface like a sheet of paper or portrait (not horizontal or landscape.) If the pastry is very sticky, very lightly flour the working surface. Using a pizza cutter or kitchen shears, cut the puff pastry in half, widthwise.
Fold the dough over the chocolate as you tightly roll up the dough, enclosing the chocolate and paste. Repeat with the remaining puff pastry and chocolate.
Just before baking, remove the croissants from the refrigerator, brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with sugar. 15 minutes in the oven will do it. (Tips: Even if you triple the recipe, you still only need one egg. Sprinkling the sugar from higher up ensures a more even coating.)................................